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Restaurant Experts Sum Up 2013 in One Word

As is the tradition at Eater, our closeout of the year is a survey of friends, industry types, and bloggers. We've already covered the 2013's restaurant standbys and best newcomers. Now it's time for 2013 in one word.
Sobban. [Photo: Chris Oh/Facebook]

Q: Describe 2013 in one word.

Brad Kaplan, Creative Loafing and Thirsty South:

Broderick Smylie, Savory Exposure:
BEYOND. - I'd say that we're going beyond farm to table and focusing on good food. I'd like to see more restaurants like Gunshow and Sobban challenging what Atlantans eat.

Angela Hansberger, Fiddlehead Foraging:
Generous. From the Team Hidi Benefit, funded start-ups like Better Half, and Ria Riot to the creation of The Giving Kitchen, the Atlanta community proved itself kind and generous this year.

Austin Louis Ray, writer:

Jimmy Sobeck, Eat It, Atlanta:
Beer. Beer availability and variety has never been better. I'm often as interested in a restaurant's beer list as I am their wine and cocktail selection.

John Mishler, Eater Atlanta contributor

Beth McKibben, Twisted South Magazine food editor:
Ethnic. Lots of Asian/Indian concepts. It's been fantastic!

Bob Townsend, Atlanta Journal Constitution:

Chris Watkins, Eat Drink Repeat:

Jennifer Maley, Eater Atlanta contributor:

Jennifer Zyman, Creative Loafing:
Simple pleasures.

Christiane Lauterbach, Atlanta Magazine and Knife & Fork:

John Kessler, Atlanta Journal Constitution

Grant Goggans, Marie, Let's Eat

Sonia Chopra, Eater Atlanta editor:
Exploration. So many people tried new things— new parts of town, twists on classics, fusion fare. This was a year for pop-ups and venturing outside of the comfort zone both in dining and location, whether that means trekking from East Atlanta to the suburbs or from Alpharetta to Buford Highway/Duluth (and everyone went to Decatur).
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